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ECE Grad Student Wins AMS Award

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department graduate student Krzysztof Orzel has won The Spiros G. Geotis Prize, awarded for the best student paper and poster at the American Meteorological Society’s 35th Conference on Radar Meteorology, held from September 26 to 30 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orzel’s paper was entitled "Mobile X-band dual-polarization phased-array radar: system requirements and development." Orzel’s advisor is Professor Stephen Frasier of the ECE department. Some 300 scientists, engineers, students, and commercial suppliers of radar and associated meteorological systems from around the world participated in the meeting.

Posters as well as oral presentations were solicited on all aspects of radar meteorology. The conference aimed to highlight results from recent field campaigns (such as VORTEX-2, PLOWS, PREDICT/GRIP/IFEX, ICE-T, and the GPM field campaigns), the National Weather Service WSR-88D dual polarization upgrade, space-borne radar missions (such as CloudSat and GPM), and ground-based millimeter wavelength radar applications.

The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Founded in 1919, AMS
has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, students, and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes nine atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals — in print and online — sponsors more than 12 conferences annually, and offers numerous programs and services. (October 2011)